NRA fires back at possible lead ammo ban
SPRINGFIELD — The National Rifle Association is requesting the Illinois Senate to allow members of its Environment and Conservation Committee to convene prior to a hearing on a bill which may ban lead ammunition in state parks and protected natural area. The panel is expecting to take up Senate Bill 1985 on Thursday, March 23.
Through its website, the NRA made the following statement: “There has been no sound scientific evidence stating that traditional ammunition is having a population-level impact on any species in Illinois. To ensure proper conservation of species, wildlife must be managed with a fact-based approach.”
The Federal government banned the utilization of lead shot in waterfowl hunting in 1991, leading hunters to switch to non-toxic shot, although a 2008 survey showed only 40% of hunters voluntarily changed the shot in their shells.
Should SB 1985 pass, it would be “unlawful to use lead ammunition to take wildlife in state parks or natural areas.” Lead ammunition is defined as a “projectile containing 1% or more lead by weight.”